Chief Adegboye Onigbinde has called for caution on heaping blames on Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh after the ouster of the Nigerian team from the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda.
The former Nigerian coach told Goal that the Nigeria Football Federation which employed the inexperienced former captain should share in the blame.
According to him the NFF got it all wrong when the coach was employed because there are certain qualities and experience a coach should possess before he can be saddled with the responsibility of coaching a national team like the Super Eagles.
“It would be unfair to heap all the blame of Nigeria’s elimination from the African Nations Championship on the chief coach Sunday Oliseh alone,” Onigbinde told Goal.
“In as much as he is responsible for the good and the bad results of the team as a coach, there are some people that ought to have provided him the needed back up that I think may have failed to do so.
“There are some salient questions we need to ask here. Did the NFF do their homework well by hiring Sunday Oliseh who had never handled any national team before?
“After hiring him, did the same NFF provide him with the needed back up like a well-functioning and strong technical department that will guide him and point out any lapses of the team and proffer solutions to the team’s technical problems?
“The answers to all these questions I know you guys know.
“Until we learn to do things right and in the proper way it should be we won’t get the needed results we are craving for,” Onigbinde advised.
On the issue of Oliseh’s unpaid salary and allowances and the players’ too, Onigbinde said that in as much as a worker is entitled to his payment but that is not a strong excuse to have failed to go beyond a group stage in a tournament that Nigeria with the caliber of players the country possesses should have gone far in the competition.
“The same thing happened when I took the Eagles to Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup when I was promised N2 million to prepare and take the team to the World Cup then. The NFF under Taiwo Ogunjobi as the Secretary General then could not pay the money despite participating at the finals then.
“When I threatened not to lead the team to play the final group match they now brought a bank cheque in naira equivalent promising that when I get back to Nigeria after the tournament it would be paid. The funny thing is that when I got back and went to the bank, the cheque bounced. That is another story for another day. So all of us has stories to tell.”